Ghosts in the machine

You know what? I could harp on about the impending tribunals and the ‘gig’ economy stuff. The ‘status wars’ and the new tranche of attacks on operators funded by the GMB through their solicitors, Leigh Day. However, they are becoming so common as to warrant a waiting period until the dust settles. Just remember, even […]

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Open banking, MTD and The Personal Tax Account – what does 2018 have in store for us?

Welcome to 2018. As I write this the last remaining tax returns head off to the HMRC and so I take this chance to look at what the future has in store for us. Open Banking A quiet little deadline passed in January with the introduction of open banking. It is a series of new […]

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Yet Another Making Tax Digital Story …

Gary goes on again (without apology) about the approach of HMRC’s Making Tax Digital (MTD). I was going to write about the effect of hard or soft brexiting on your day-to-day tax situation and, of course, the repercussions of a midterm snap election but I realise that my words will just be as sand on […]

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Let Property Disclosure Campaign

HMRC’s Let Property Disclosure Campaign targets landlords who have undeclared income from residential property lettings. The campaign was launched in September 2013 and currently does not have an end date. The campaign offers landlords the opportunity to get their tax affairs up to date under the best available terms. HMRC will allow landlords to come […]

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Help for the Disadvantaged

A first-of-its-kind employer toolkit designed to help businesses recruit and retain more single parents and care leavers has been launched today. People from disadvantaged groups face challenges that many others do not – such as having to work around childcare requirements, lack of formal qualifications or gaps in their employment history. Ministers want to help […]

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Gary’s Budget Thing …

To start with I’d like to say that in this article I am stating facts and referencing data that I have access to, not presenting a political alliance. Not normally one to keep my opinions to myself, in this instance I think it is important to use my column to present the facts and not […]

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Get it in …

HMRC has recently published an update on the amount of tax they have collected since the introduction of the current batch of targeted campaigns against tax avoidance. HMRC’s approach since 2007 has revolved around offering specific sectors and areas including property sales, plumbers, electricians and members of the medical profession. In total HMRC says that […]

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Making Tax Digital will be the Biggest Thing to Affect Drivers in this Industry since Licensing

HMRC claim that five million people are now using digital personal tax accounts (PTAs) as part of the campaign to move all tax submissions online. Making Tax Digital is supposed to end the tax return as we know it, with solely digital quarterly returns scheduled to be in effect by 2018. Personal tax accounts, launched […]

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Dear Diary … The MTD Diary Part Two

The purpose of the HMRC visit was to conduct the mapping part of the new MTD website. The steps involved were: To link our current agent codes to our new MTD login. Log in with our new MTD login and then put in our company UTR and our current agent code. This was then checked […]

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Repercussions for all Self-employed from IR35 Ruling

IR35 compliant? – Computer says … I seem to be writing a lot (some may say too much) about driver status recently. And thanks to the increasing number of high profile tribunals, which have been well documented, as well as the other gig economy cases, it is very much the trend this season. You may […]

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